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No Longer Penitent

Label: New Forces

Format: CD

Genre: Noise

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"No Longer Penitent" is the new full-length from Commuter, a project from Portland's Jackson Abdul-Salaam (Herukrat, Junta Cadre) that blends harsh noise and urban field recordings. Building on the highly regarded 2021 album "Inner SE Industrial" released on Phage Tapes, this new effort pushes Commuter's sound and atmosphere even further. A fantastic noise album. Says the artist:

"No Longer Penitent acts as a direct follow-up album to "Inner SE Industrial", the previous full-length on Phage. When it released in 2021 I didn't feel any closure with the theme, location, or experiences the album draws from, and work on this next album began straight away. In theory, the structure is simple; the albums are built from personal field recordings of time spent walking through the inner city's most abject blocks. But the nature of these areas, with their piercing sights and sounds, has seeped into me mentally and emotionally. This album serves as a companion to my complete exhaustion and consumption, leading me to this ultimate offering: a burnt-out and desperate cataloguing of the urban drug, mental health, and housing crisis presented through extreme noise.

My goal remains the same—to bring the listener as vividly as possible into the defiled world this album grew from, to listen to it as if they were next to me with the field recorder in hand. Nights spent walking alone in the rain, a woman screaming at visions in the darkness, a man recounting a story about trying to wash a cop's mace from his eyes, the compulsive sounds of a lighter flicking over and over from the hunched figure freebasing meth next to me at a train station. The memories are all here."

Cat. number: NF142
Year: 2023
6-panel digipak. "Based and recorded on location in Portland, OR"